Gerry Lois Haggard (Gailey) passed from this life early Saturday morning, February 4, 2023, from kidney failure. She was 84 years of age. She had a peaceful transition with family at her bedside and was happy to be moving on to join her heavenly father.
Gerry was born in Blackwell, Oklahoma to Verl and Nina Gailey. She grew up with her two beloved younger sisters Carol Davis and Linda Yarberry. They have always remained very close. The family moved to Bradleyville, Missouri in the fall of 1953 where she attended high school and found Neil Haggard sitting across the hall in typing class. They married when she was 16 and had three children, Debbie, Sandy, and Mike. They would have been married for a staggering 68 years in June.
She worked as a hair stylist for many years in Kansas City, Columbia and Springfield and she and Neil eventually moved to a farm in Mountain Grove. Gerry was a keen competitor and enjoyed playing volleyball, tennis and bowling in competitive leagues. She loved playing cards with friends and was reportedly quite the talented Bridge player. She was a talented artist and greatly enjoyed painting.
Gerry was very tender-hearted and cared deeply for her friends and family. She was very loving and affectionate. She was outgoing and friendly and delighted in socializing. She was clever and witty and loved to laugh. Gerry enjoyed old movies and especially musicals. She loved Esther Williams and Doris Day in particular and Roy Rogers was a favorite when she was young. She also loved mysteries and pretty much always knew whodunit before anyone else. She never missed a KC Chiefs game!
Gerry and Neil have been active members of the Church of Christ, and both grew up in that church. Since they have been living in Mountain Grove, they have attended the Mansfield Church of Christ.
Gerry is survived by her husband and two sisters, all three of her children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren as well as beloved nieces and nephews and their children.
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